Sep 24, 2021
Hey, it's Mike Henry with Follower of One. What do you do when you don't know what else to do in the workplace? Today I want to talk about our fourth daily activity, which is to serve others. Jesus calls us to serve others. And he challenges us to do that in several places in scripture. I want to talk about one of those places today.
In 1 John 3:16, it says that we know love by this, that Jesus laid down his life for us. So we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. And that's from The New American Standard. There are different translations here. Sometimes this word brethren is, I believe, misinterpreted to convey that I'm only supposed to love other Christians.
Jesus clearly stated in his illustration of the good Samaritan that we love our neighbors. We lay down our lives for fellow humans, not just fellow believers. We lay down our lives for others. I believe when I had my worst days at work it's because I was focusing so much on what was happening to me and what I thought about it and how I perceived it.
And I was in the center of every one of my own perspectives, but when I can turn my attention to doing something for someone else, when I serve someone else, whether I follow Jesus or not, I believe when I serve someone else, I get outside of who I am and I develop a new perspective. If I do that service because I follow Jesus, then I get to take part in his work in our world.
We talk about five daily activities at Follower of One, and the first is to pray. And one of those prayers is to pray for the people around us. And when we start praying for those people, I believe God starts showing us how to serve them. It's this universal language for communicating. I can serve someone else, even if they don't like me or they don't know me.
And it breaks down barriers and it creates opportunities. I did such a bad job of this when I was working in the work world, but I want to do a better job of it. And so I try to pray for the people that I will meet every day and interact with them in such a way that I'm looking for ways to serve. I want to challenge you today in your workplace, lay down your life, look for a way to serve the people that you're with and look for a way to do something for them.
And Jesus will use that in their life. Thanks so much for being a marketplace minister. I'd also like to challenge you, to check out our website at followerofone.org. Thanks very much. Let's go live our faith today in such a way that others might ask us and we can tell them about our relationship with Jesus.
Thanks very much.